Are Ultra Mobile and Mint Mobile the same company?

Mint Mobile website on an Android phone
Mint Mobile website on an Android phone (Image credit: Joe Maring / Android Central)

Best answer: Technically, yes. Mint Mobile is a subsidiary of Ultra Mobile, and both are MVNOs on T-Mobile's 4G LTE and 5G network that offer a variety of prepaid plans at affordable prices.

Wait, Ultra Mobile and Mint Mobile are the same company?

Both Mint Mobile and Ultra Mobile are MVNOs on T-Mobile's network. What most people don't know, though, is that Ultra Mobile actually launched Mint Mobile in 2016 as a subsidiary under the name Mint SIM, which was later rebranded to Mint Mobile in 2018. Though both carriers share the same CEO, David Glickman, Mint Mobile seems to have taken off as the cooler, more innovative budget MVNO that still gets access to T-Mobile's 4G LTE and 5G networks. Actor Ryan Reynold's ownership stake in Mint Mobile helped with that. Since 2019, he's become the face of the company and appears in Mint's comical commercials.

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Does that mean Mint Mobile is the same as Ultra Mobile?

A famous celebrity isn't all that's unique about Mint Mobile or why it's one of the best MVNO carriers available. Unlike its parent company Ultra Mobile, Mint Mobile doesn't have physical stores so everything is online only. And its plans offer the best value when they're purchased in bulk, ideally 12 months at a time. Though there really isn't a discount for having multiple lines with Mint, you do get to pick between plans with 4GB, 10GB, 15GB, or unlimited data for either three, six, or 12 months. The unlimited data plan is only $30 per month if you sign up for the whole year, which is a great deal compared to a lot of other prepaid carriers. What's more, Mint recently increased its data limits on all plans for new and existing customers.

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Ultra Mobile, on the other hand, costs $10 more ($40 per month) for a whole year of its unlimited data plan. But it does have more data options with its single-month plans, which offer either no data, 1GB, 2GB, 5GB, 15GB, or unlimited data. You'll have a tad more flexibility in choosing what suits you best. And Ultra Mobile's multi-month plans at three, six, or 12 months will give you even more data for less, with the choice of either 1GB, 3GB, 6GB, or unlimited data. With each plan, you'll get the perk of international calling to 80+ destinations and mobile hotspot data. Though Mint Mobile lets you call Mexico and Canada, every other international destination is an additional add-on.

When it comes down to performance, you won't see much of a difference between the two since they're technically under the same company and both use T-Mobile's network. Both Mint Mobile's coverage map (opens in new tab) and Ultra Mobile's coverage map (opens in new tab) are identical. If you want to buy a phone directly from either carrier you'll find a lot of similar options, and if you want to BYOD your phone will work with Mint Mobile or Ultra Mobile as long as its both 4G LTE and VoLTE friendly, and GSM unlocked. These are some of the best phones to use with Mint Mobile that should also work with Ultra Mobile.

Olivia Lipski is a freelance writer for Android Central and loves testing out the latest smart home tech and discovering the best cell phone plans. When she's not busy running around NYC trying to find great food or coffee, she's in her kitchen trying to make it herself.